Saturday, June 20, 2015
Akame ga Kiru is one of those anime that I both love and hate. It has a blend of things that I love seeing in anime and of things that I despise seeing in anime. I also feel like this anime is what would happen if George RR Martin had an illegitimate love child with Tetsuya Toshiro.
Unfortunately, Tatsumi, for all his decent traits, isn't what I would call an amazing protagonist. While I like his enthusiasm and desire to become stronger, I feel like the anime never did his character justice. Everyone always talked about how much potential he had and how strong he could become, but I never really saw it. While I think he could have been an awesome protagonist, he never seemed to reach his full potential, and in the end, they had to Deus ex Machina him, because I guess he just wasn't strong enough under his own merits.
I think it's the support cast here that makes Akame ga Kiru worth watching. Tatsumi, for all his potential, isn't that interesting to watch, but seeing some of the other characters who support him makes not having a completely amazing main character a little better.
The only thing that really bothered me about the support cast was how some of them were killed off without being fully fleshed out. I feel like the director wanted to kill off the support characters for the shock factor, and also to make us feel the bleakness of their situation, but because some of the characters died before they truly had a chance for me to appreciate them, it didn't really have the same impact. And because they killed off so many characters in the beginning, the deaths that happened later on didn't have much of an impact either, because I was more or less expecting it.
Character Design: 8/10
Character Development: 6/10
Musical Composition: 5/10
Overall score: 6.4/10